Summer Activities and Urgent Cares

Summer Activities and Urgent Cares

by Stephanie Meadows

You may not realize this, but summer is also a busy time for urgent cares, due to summer activity related illnesses and injuries.  We tend to think of summer as a generally healthy time of year when, of course, the living is easy, and while this may be true enough when it comes to instances of the common cold and flu, the long, hot days of spring and summer come with their own set of health and safety concerns. Summer is a time for fun in the sun, but unfortunately, you can get injured while enjoying outdoor activities. Here is how an urgent care can help.

Summer Camp Physicals

Getting the kids ready for summer camp has never been simpler. With convenient locations and easy appointment scheduling, you can get your campers checked out and on their way to a memorable summer, right at your local urgent care.

Allergies, Hay Fever & Asthma

While it may be pretty, many people pay for the seasonal beauty of blooms with itchy eyes and runny noses. Allergies are common as soon as spring hits and those flowers start to open up. Depending on the year, pollen can wreak havoc for some people. At Colonial Healthcare, you can get a leg up on the season with quick care for all kinds of respiratory allergies, reactions, and more.

Swimmer’s Ear & Ear Infections

More time in the pool means one thing for many parents: earaches. While it may be an inevitable after-effect of pool time for your little one (and even many adults), there are some things you can do to prevent and care for earaches and infections.

Bug Bites & Stings

It’s almost a summer rite of passage. More time outdoors comes with more and more bug bites, stings, and reactions to abundant levels of insects. For both adults and children, this can be a source of a lot of discomfort, from the backyard barbecue to the beach.

Ordinary bites and stings are bothersome, but they heal on their own. However, if you or a family member is bitten by a mosquito and develops a fever, testing for West Nile Virus becomes a top priority. Bee stings are another concern because they can be life-threatening for people allergic to bees. Anyone who has an insect bite and shows signs of anaphylaxis – including swelling and difficulty breathing – should receive Benadryl and an epinephrine injection.

Sunburns

Practicing safe sun exposure is one of the best pieces of advice we can offer during the summer. Even if you think you won’t be out long, or if you promise to stay in the shade, a sunscreen cream or spray can prevent your best intentions from turning into an actual problem.

Tetanus Shots

More outdoor play and longer days often mean a lot of fun exploring, and it’s no surprise that many incidents of injuries and lacerations are the result of adventuring in nicer weather. From rusted nails to old fencing, hazards seem to come out to play during the summer months, as well.

Heat Exhaustion, Dehydration & Heat Rash

Staying hydrated is a summer must, but we also know it can be hard to get kids to drink enough water. Dehydration is a common problem we see at urgent cares. For all your hydration questions and concerns, from how to prevent heat exhaustion to identifying a heat rash, there’s a medical professional at your urgent care ready to help.

If you are in need of care this summer, here at Colonial Healthcare’s urgent care, we treat heatstroke, dehydration, sunburn, bug bites and stings, poison ivy, and much more. Call us at (803) 773-5227 to request an appointment, or request one online.